What is the meaning of Om Shanti Om mantra – sarvesham svastir bhavatu?
The origin of this peace mantra is believed to be one of the oldest scriptures of Hinduism – Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, though not in the present form.
This mantra, like many of the other ancient Sanskrit mantras, sends healing vibrations to all who come into contact with it.
When these types of mantras are chanted, obstacles and hindrances are believed to be pacified.
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu mantra for peace – complete lyrics:
”Om Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sharvesham Purnam Bhavatu
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu.”
Om Shanti mantra meaning:
“May there be well-being and happiness in all
May there be peace and tranquility in all
May there be completeness and happiness in all
May there be success and prosperity in all.”
Other mantras for creating peace:
#1 Universal Prayer for Peace – Om Shamno Mitrah Sham Varunah
Meaning – ”Om May Mitra do good to us, may Varuna do good to us
May Aryama do good to us, may Indra do good to us
May Brihaspati do good to us
May Vishnu who has vast coverage do good to us
We Salute Lord Brahma We Salute Lord Vayu
You indeed are the visible Brahman
I proclaim, You indeed are the visible Brahman
I speak the Supreme Truth, I speak the Eternal Truth
May it protect us
May it protect the teacher
Om Peace Peace Peace.”
Lyrics – ”Om Sham No Mitrah Sham Varunnah
Sham No Bhavatv-Aryamaa
Sham No Indro Brhaspatih
Sham No Vissnnur-Urukramah
Tvam-Iva Pratyakssam Brahmaasi
Tvaam-Iva Pratyakssam Brahma Vadissyaami
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih.”
#2 Shanti Path mantra
This mantra is considered a universal prayer for peace. A regular recitation of the mantra instantly pacifies the mind and helps balance the emotional body.
Meaning – ”Unto The Haven Be Peace,
Unto The Sky And The Earth Be Peace.
Peace Be Unto The Water,
Unto The Trees And Herbs Be Peace.
Unto Lord Brahma And Unto All Be Peace.
Unto All The Gods Be Peace,
And May We Realise That Peace.
Om Peace Peace Peace.”
Lyrics -”Om Dyau Shanthi Rantariksha Gwam Shanthi,
Prithaivi Shanthi Rapah Shanthi,
Vanas Patayah Shanthi,
Shanthi Reva Shanthi Sa Ma Shanthi Redhi.
Om Shanthi Shanthi Shanthi.”
#3 Om Shri Anantaha mantra
”Om Shri Anantaha Narayanaha
Mangalam Bhagwan Vishnu
Mangalam Garuda Dhwaja
Mangalam Pundri Kaakshu
Mangalaye Tanu Hari.”
#4 Oha Prem Piri mantra
Meaning – „I seek the Love of my Beloved.
Gold, jewels, giant pearls, and rubies – I have no need for them.
Imperial fortunes, power, royal command and mansions
– I have no desire for these.
The Sanctuary of the Lord’s Feet, and dedication to the Saints
These bring me pleasure and peace.
O Guru Nanak, my glowing fire has been put out,
Obtaining the Love of the Beloved.”
Lyrics – „Oha parem piri.
Kanik maṇik gaj moṯī▫an lalan nah nah nahi.
Raj na bhag na hukam na saḏan.
Kichh kichh na chahi.
Charnan sarnan santan bandan.
Sukho sukh pahi.
Nanak tapat hari.
Mile parem piri.”
#5 Aakhan Jor mantra
Meaning – ”No power to beg, no power to give.
No power to speak, no power to keep silent.
No power to live, no power to die.
No power to rule, with wealth and occult mental powers.
No power to gain intuitive understanding, to contemplate spiritual wisdom.
No power to find the way to escape from the world.
He watches over all, He has the Power in his hands.
O Nanak, no one is high or low.”
Lyrics – ”Aakhan jor, Chupai neh jor,
Jor na mangan dayn na jor
Jor na jeevan maran neh jor
Jor na raaj maal man sor
Jor na surtee giaan vechaar
Jor na jugatee chutai sansaar
Jis hath jor kar vekhai so-i
Nanak utam neech na ko-i.”
#6 Om Paraanandaaya Namaha mantra
Meaning – ”I am one with Divine Happiness, the Vishnu.”
#7 So Mai Visar Na Jaa-ee mantra
Meaning – ”Unborn, Unmade, Himself alone,
The pure one.
Serve that One and gain glory in this world.
O Nanak! Sing of the treasure of excellence.
Sing and listen, keep love in your mind. Pain will fly away.
And peace will come to your home.
From the Gurmukh comes the Naad.
From the Gurmukh comes knowledge.
Through the Gurmukh we stay merged.
The Guru is the from of God.
That you can meditate on, imagine, and love.
The Guru is mother, Maya.
When I know it I can’t say it, Words are useless.
The Guru has given me one understanding.
All souls are gifts of the One.
May I never forget Him!”
Lyrics – ”Thaapi-aa na jaa-ay keetaa na ho-ay.
Aapay aap niranjan so-ay.
Jin sayvi-aa tin paa-i-aa maan.
Naanak gaavee-ai gunee nidhaan.
Gaavee-ai sunee-ai man rakhee-ai bhaa-o.
Dukh parhar sukh ghar lai jaa-ay.
Gur eesar gur gorakh barmaa.
Gur paarbatee maa-ee.
Jay ha-o jaanaa aakhaa naahee.
Kahnaa kathan ha jaa-ee.
Guraa ik dahi buijaa-ee.
Sabhnaa jee-aa kaa ik daataa.
So mai visar na jaa-ee!”
How to use these mantras in a peaceful meditation
Ideally, the meditation practice should be done first thing in the morning before the rising of the sun and then again at the end of the day. You can also use a mantra during a meditation. Mantras can be considered powerful prayers or chants comprised of sounds, syllables, vibrations, and words. When said together, they produce physical healing vibrations invoking spiritual energies in the mind and body.
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Find a comfortable place to sit. It’s recommended to find a quiet location where you won’t be disturbed during your practice.
Sit in a chair or on the floor, depending on which makes you more comfortable and relaxed.
Close your eyes.
Breathe naturally and just focus on your breath as it flows in and out of your physical body. Let your thoughts float through your mind. Stay in the present moment and always bring your awareness back to your breath.
Start to recite the mantra 108 times in your mind or as a whisper.
Over time, you can gradually increase the amount of time you spend in mantra meditation, but 108 repetitions are enough for a beginner.
Anytime your mind wanders, acknowledge the intrusive thought, then let it go and return to the mantra meditation.
That’s it. Remember to not be too harsh on yourself if you find yourself distracted. Rather, release the thought and go back to the practice.
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Sources https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3099099/ https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312153393